December 9th, 2008


The 12 Days Of Christmas - Day 9

How does it work:

1. First Come, First Served - if there is something on the list that you'd like, comment. Anonymous commenting is enabled and the entries are public.
2. Next, I'll need your location (country), so that I can give you an estimate of postage (the presents are free, but postage is paid by the recipient, sorry).
4. If we both agree, all I need is your addy, and I'll mail your present as soon as possible. Once you receive it, it's your turn to reimburse me for postage.
5. Comment! I want to know what you think. ALL feedback is welcome!
6. Pimp, Pimp, Pimp - the more the merrier
7. Play nice!

Today's freebies:

Brides Of Christ - Miniseries DVD (unknown region, though if you are interested I'll try to find out)

1 BDR, OCN VU (SGA Slash Zine)

Demons (SGA Gen Novel Zine)


Big Finish - Dead London (8th Doctor Audio Play) 1 Dead London.rar

Big Finish - Max Warp (8th Doctor Audio Play) 2 Max Warp.rar

Torchwood - Border Princes (Audiobook) Torchwood audiobooks - Border Princes.part01.rar Torchwood audiobooks - Border Princes.part02.rar Torchwood audiobooks - Border Princes.part03.rar Torchwood audiobooks - Border Princes.part04.rar Torchwood audiobooks - Border Princes.part05.rar Torchwood audiobooks - Border Princes.part06.rar Torchwood audiobooks - Border Princes.part07.rar Torchwood audiobooks - Border Princes.part08.rar Torchwood audiobooks - Border Princes.part09.rar Torchwood audiobooks - Border Princes.part10.rar Torchwood audiobooks - Border Princes.part11.rar

Today, I do have a request of my own. I love Big Finish as you no doubt could tell, but is there anyone reading this who could point me in the direction of the SG1/SGA Big Finish productions. I haven't found any d/ls for them so far and I don't really want to spend the money before knowing if they are any good :-/

The results are in!

As usual, the OU managed to get their results out earlier than they said and while I seriously did not expect it, I got a distinction (grade 1 pass) on S342 Physical Chemistry course! *bounces ecstatically*

Culinary Adventures: Raw Chocolate Episode 1

Having the kitchen to myself this afternoon, I finally decided to get serious about making raw chocolate. The results were, let's say, revealing.

Batch #1

Made from:

cacao butter, ground cacao nibs, mesquite meal, lucuma powder, raw agave syrup

Lessons Learned:

  • It takes ages for cacao butter to melt using a chocolatiere set to 43°C.

  • It is not a good idea to do the mixing of the ingredients in a blender as the cacao butter goes solid again almost instantly.

  • I do not like the taste of mesquite meal. Now I finally know what ingredient puts me off most store-bought raw chocolate.

  • Agave syrup renders the chocolate lumpy. Probably too much water in it. Unfortunately, raw sweeteners tend to be liquids.

  • Silicone molds may be more expensive that rigid plastic molds, but they are invaluable when it comes to raw chocolate.

The result: Edible. Better than the worst store bought raw chocolate I've tasted. But I wouldn't offer this to anyone :-(

Batch #2:

Made from:

ingredients of batch one, coconut butter/oil, ground freeze-dried mangosteen, whole hemp seeds (for crunchy-ness)

This batch went much better, still there were lessons to be learned:

  • Freeze-dried mangosteen tastes great, but it's slightly sour which does not work so well in chocolate. Must look into other freeze dried fruit.

  • Addition of coconut butter improves texture, but makes chocolate much more vulnerable to heat. Still, I think I'll keep using it in the future.

The result: Better, still not satisfactory though.

Ideas for the future:

  • Try xylitol, almond butter and other freeze dried fruit for additional ingredients.

  • Do the whole mixing in the chocolatiere pot.